Location: Washington, DC
Timing: Applications due September 30, 2019.
Upturn advances equity and justice in the design, governance, and use of digital technology. Our research and advocacy combines technical fluency and creative policy thinking to confront patterns of inequity, especially those rooted in race and poverty.
We work in partnership with many of the nation’s leading civil rights and public interest organizations. Some of our most notable work includes:
Demonstrating how Facebook drives discrimination in the delivery of online ads;
Exploring the use of predictive hiring algorithms and their effect on equity and bias;
Scrutinizing the role of automated risk assessment tools in the movement to end cash bail;
Challenging Axon's development of real-time face recognition on police body-worn cameras;
Persuading Google to ban online payday loan ads, together with financial justice advocates; and
Developing the landmark Civil Rights Principles for the Era of Big Data.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.
About the Position
This senior research position is ideal for someone who has a strong statistical or quantitative background and wants to investigate pressing issues related to equity, justice, and technology. Your empirical work will inform and complement Upturn’s ongoing legal research and policy advocacy. You will:
Bring a new level of statistical depth and rigor across all of Upturn’s work;
Drive Upturn’s strategy for data-driven investigations;
Design and lead empirical research from start-to-finish — everything from scraping data, developing methodology, performing statistical analyses, and communicating findings;
Work closely with the team to identify research ideas that are immediately responsive to high-profile policy questions;
Seek out and develop compelling new data sources, clever research directions, and different ways to make a real impact; and
Represent Upturn at external meetings, workshops, and other events.
You will be joining a small and growing organization that is collaborative, energetic, and fun. We will actively support your professional development in the field.
We provide a generous and comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, paid parental leave, flexible vacation policy, retirement plan, and free lunch in the office;
We will invest in your professional growth through training, feedback, and support;
We are actively committed to building an inclusive, flexible, and welcoming workplace; and
We have a transparent culture and strive to include our entire staff when making strategic decisions.
Compensation for this position begins at $90,000 per year.
We welcome applicants from a broad range of backgrounds who have at least five years of relevant work experience. More specifically, we're looking for someone who is:
Committed to advancing racial and economic justice;
Experienced in statistical analysis and causal inference;
Rigorous and detail-oriented in their research approach;
An exceptional writer and verbal communicator, especially for lay audiences;
Ready to take the lead and drive research forward independently; and
Relentlessly curious and has a knack for finding interesting ideas.
We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ+, and applicants with disabilities to apply.
How to Apply
Applications are due by September 30, 2019. If you have any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.